Why study in the UK?
You can be sure of high standards, modern facilities, cutting-edge departments, tailored support and value for money whichever of the many courses you decide to undertake. Not only will you enjoy a first-class education, but also by studying in the UK you will place yourself in a great position to experience the UK and the rest of Europe. High standards and modern facilities A qualification from a UK institution is very prestigious, as standards are high at all levels. Universities and colleges are continually assessed by official bodies that grade the standard of their research and teaching. The qualifications students gain are recognised worldwide, and UK courses encourage independence, creativity and, importantly, self-reliance. Employers worldwide appreciate all of these qualities. Every year, over 600,000 people travel from around the world to study English in the UK, where it’s easy to find the right course, easy to register and easy to feel at home. There is a wide variety of English language courses to choose from in the UK. Variety and choice UK universities and colleges offer a huge range of academic and vocational opportunities available at all levels, from further to higher education. The higher education sector ranges from traditional seats of learning that have existed for hundreds of years to modern, state-of-the-art universities. You can choose a college located in the heart of a city or a purpose-built countryside campus with a host of facilities on site. Value for money One of the most attractive features of studying in the UK is that it offers good value for money. Most undergraduate degrees take three years, making them shorter than similar programmes in other countries and very cost-effective. Some postgraduate degrees only last for one year (as opposed to two in other countries), which means you can finish your degree more quickly and start earning more in the workforce. There are also a number of scholarships, and some financial assistance is available from UK institutions and possibly from institutions in your own country. Healthcare If you are studying any full-time course in Scotland or a full-time course of at least six months in length in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will be entitled to free medical treatment from the British National Health Service. First-class support The UK has a long tradition of welcoming international students, so you can be sure of getting good support during your time here. You may be allocated a personal tutor at your college or university, who will take an interest in your welfare and academic progress. There will also be counsellors and advisers to help with accommodation, health, finance and other personal matters. Vibrant and exciting The UK is an exciting place in which to be a student, with thriving music, arts, and sports scenes, and, as there are many opportunities to either experience or take part in these yourself, you should never be short of something to do. A multicultural society The UK is truly cosmopolitan. In every major city, you will find shops selling every imaginable type of food from all around the world, places of worship for all major religions and speakers of many of the world’s languages. Settled all over the UK are communities from the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, Africa, Southeast Asia, China, Italy, Cyprus, Poland, Australia and New Zealand. UK institutions also attract students from all over the world, so you will have the opportunity to mix with international as well as UK students. Four countries in one The UK may be relatively small in size, but it is extremely diverse. It is home to around 60 million people and comprises four countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Each has its own distinct culture and history; some regions even have their own language. It’s not just the UK that you can explore. You will also have access to the whole of Europe. Travel is easy, with European cities a lot closer than you might think. Find out more about travel within Europe. An international education In today’s global economy, graduate employers value the skills and experience that students gain from an international education. The global market makes it increasingly desirable to have some experience of different countries and cultures, and studying in the UK will give you this advantage. By studying in the UK you will gain a wealth of knowledge, exposure and skills that will help you in your future career.